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What to Do if Your Car Is Towed in Sacramento

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Sacramento may not be the largest city in California, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its own host of parking issues. And with those parking issues come a variety of parking restrictions, not to mention a host of other driving and parking regulations that drivers have to contend with.

If your car has been towed, here’s how you get it back.

How to Find Your Vehicle

The first thing you should do is call the non-emergency police number at 916-264-5471. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make sure that you have your license number when you call, since this will be used to locate your car. They’ll tell you how to get your car, and where you need to go to find it.

Towing Fees

The registered owner is responsible for all fees associated with the towing, and they can add up. The most basic one is the $130 Vehicle Release Fee, payable to the Sacramento Police Department. Beyond that, though, you also have to pay the towing company that did the towing:

  • Regular Tow Fee: $180
  • Storage Fees: $50/day

Additionally, you’ll have to pay any pas due citation fees before your vehicle is releases

Impounded Vehicles

California has recently been cracking down on unlicensed drivers, whether that license was suspended, revoked, or never existed in the first place. If this happens, then the police will order the car to be impounded for 30 days.

If your vehicle is impounded for the full 30 days, you will be liable for all of the towing and storage fees, which can be considerable. Fortunately, there is a way to get your vehicle released early. The hold can be lifted if the driver gets a valid driver’s license and reports to the police department.

Vehicles That Have Been Booted

If your vehicle has 5 or more unpaid parking citations then it will be booted. If that boot stays on for over 72 hours, then the car is towed. You’ll have to pay all of the parking citations, plus the $100 Boot Removal Fee, and the towing fees.

That can add up to a lot of money, which is why Sacramento offers a payment plan option if you meet eligibility requirements. This does come with a Payment Plan Fee of $30, which can be worth it if you have limited resources. Requests for payment plans must be made in person at the Revenue Division.

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